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EGYPT, Gift of the Nile
12 days / 11 nights
December 10-21, 2021

 

Experience the trip of a lifetime in both Lower and Upper Egypt including 4 days cruising the legendry Nile (CAIRO, ASWAN, KOM OMBO, EDFU & LUXOR) and the great Roman city of Alexandria

Contact HLO Tours at hamdy@hlotours.com or call 800-736-4456 to reserve your space.

 

​December 10-21, 2021
11 Days / 10 Nights (air & land from New York (JFK)
$3,990.00 per person in double plus applicable airport taxes
$1,250.00 for a single supplement

 

Day 1:

USA / CAIRO, EGYPT

Depart the USA from New York (JFK) International Airport to connect with Egypt Air non -stop to Cairo, Egypt. Overnight on board.  Dinner and breakfast are served en-route.

 

Day 2:

CAIRO 

Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your Pyramids hotel to spend the next two nights in Giza.  

Cairo has been the largest city in Africa for centuries. Modern Cairo encompasses many former cities & their monuments. Five thousand years of culture are concentrated here in a city that is a living index to ancient civilization.   

Overnight: Steigenberger Pyramids Hotel or similar

 

Day 3: 

GIZA  (Pyramids, Memphis, Sakkara)

After breakfast, you will meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby to start your Egyptian adventure. The first stop is in Giza, where you will tour one of the seven and only remaining wonders of the ancient world, the famous Great Pyramids of Giza.  You will also visit the legendry Sphinx, a sacred symbol of the union of the strongest physical with the highest intellectual power on earth.  

Optional 20 minutes camel ride at the Giza Plateau. $20.00 per camel
per person.

After lunch in the countryside restaurant, you will proceed to Sakkara, where you will see the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, history’s first stone building.  You will continue next, to Memphis, the ancient capital city of Egypt. 

Overnight: Steigenberger Pyramids Hotel or similar  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 4: 

CAIRO / LUXOR – FARAH NILE CRUISE.
You will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your short flight to Luxor. Arrive at Luxor International Airport, where you will be met & transferred by private car/bus to the deluxe FARAH NILE CRUISE SHIP to spend the next four nights onboard cruising from Luxor to Aswan.


Farah Nile Cruise Ship:

FARAH NILE CRUISE BOAT offers 60 deluxe cabins and 2 Royal Suites, where you can taste the fine flavor of our hospitality. In every detail from the handmade Egyptian cotton sheets to the natural dark wood furniture.  All designed to tickle your senses and enhance your comfort.

 All cabins and suites are equipped with LCD TV, mini bar, private safe box, internet connection, a private bathroom (with bathtub, hairdryer), and individual control for the central air conditioner. For your safety, a smoke detector system panel and sprinkler are provided in all cabins and outlets of the boat. Mezzanine floor with gift shop, hairdresser, and boutiques. gymnasium, steam & sauna is free of charge. Massage room with different choices with reasonable fees. Wireless Internet connection in all the outlets, free of charge. Laundry facilities are available. Automatic fire alarm. Complete water purification station.

                                                      

NILE CRUISE PROGRAM – Subject to change - will be as follows:
1:00 PM: Lunch upon Check-in for lunch.

2:30 PM: visit the Eastern bank of the Nile, which includes:  The Temple of Luxor with its huge papyrus columns which were dedicated to the God Amon, and the Karnak Temple which consists of several temples of great beauty.

5:30 PM: Afternoon tea.

8:00 PM: Dinner. Belly dancer.

Overnight in Luxor on board.   Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Luxor: is the world’s greatest open-air museum, filled with awe-inspiring monuments of an ancient civilization.  As Weset it was the capital of Egypt during the New Kingdom; as Thebes, it was described as “The hundred–gate city”.  Later, it was named Al Oksor, meaning “City of the Palaces”.  Testaments to a desire for immortality, built for eternity in sandstone and granite, the temples, tombs, and palaces still stand, surrounded by souks. 

 

Day 5: 

NILE CRUISE / LUXOR / EDFU

7:00 AM: You will proceed to cross to the western bank of the Nile to visit the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. (If it’s open) and the Tomb of the Nobles.  This was where the fabulous treasure of Tutankhamen, which fascinated the world, was discovered.   Also visit the Ramesuem at Medinet Habu, where Ramses 111’s mortuary temple. It said that Ramses 111 found himself alone in the Afterlife. By using the correct “Passwords” from the book of the dead he can proceed through the gates of the underworld and join OSIRIS in paradise. Finally, he is reborn and becomes one of the “imperishable stars”

Return to the cruise boat.

12:30 PM: Sail to Esna.

1:00 PM: Lunch on board. Free time.  

5:30 PM: Afternoon tea.  

7:30 PM: Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Party.

8:00 PM: Dinner on board.  Overnight in Esna.   Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: 

NILE CRUISE / EDFU/ KOM OMBO / ASWAN

Visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu by Caleche or bus. 

10:30 AM: Sail to Kom Ombo

1:00 PM: Lunch on board.

5:00 PM: Afternoon tea.

5:30 PM: Visit the Temple shared by two gods in Kom Ombo.

Afternoon tea during sailing to Aswan.

8:00 PM: Dinner on board.

9:30 PM: Costume and Galabya Party on board.

Overnight in Kom Ombo.   Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7:  

NILE CRUISE / ASWAN

Sail to Aswan.

Visit the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk at the Granite Quarries, and board your motor launch to visit Philae Temple.

1:00 PM: Lunch on board.

3:30 PM: Sail on the Nile by Felucca (small sailing boat) around Kitchener’s Island. 

5:30 PM: Afternoon tea.

8:00 PM: Dinner on board.  

9:30 PM: Nubian Folkloric Show.

Overnight on board in Aswan. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Aswan is small enough to walk around during your free time or even just relax around the pool.  During your free day you may choose to, explore the souk; the spice market full of scents and colors, buy perfume oils, scarves, and baskets.

 

Day 8:

ASWAN / CAIRO

Disembark and then you will be transferred to Aswan International Airport (Domestic Terminal) for your Egypt Air short flight to Cairo. 

AM: Arrive in Cairo where you will be met and transferred to Kempinski Nile Hotel.

Overnight in Cairo - Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 9:  

CAIRO - Egyptian Museum – Old Cairo, The Citadel, The Civilization Museum & Khan El Khalili Bazaars 

After breakfast, your day begins with a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, one of the world’s most famous museums. The magnificent collections of antiquities include 27 Mummies, Sarcophagi, and 250,000 objects of art, and date as far back as 5000 years.

After your visit to the Egyptian Museum, you will proceed to OLD CAIRO: This location is in a Fortress named the Fortress of Babylon. Its foundation is on the site where we stand today. Within the fortress are a lot of churches and other buildings: Abu Serga, the Church of the Virgin Mary, the Church of Saint Barbara the Martyr, Mar Girgis (Coptic), The Hanging Church, The Church of the Monk Mar Girgis, the Fortress of Babylon, The Greek Orthodox Church Mar Girgis, the Coptic Museum and the Ben Ezra Synagogue.

After our visit to Old Cairo, we will stop at a local restaurant for lunch and then proceed to tour Saladin’s Citadel Fortress, the site of the magnificent Mohammed Ali Mosque and other Islamic architecture.  You will then proceed to the new Civilization Museum that houses the Egyptian Mummies.We will finish the day by shopping at Khan El Khalili Bazaars.

Overnight: Kempinski Hotel  Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 10: 

CAIRO / ALEXANDRIA - Roman Theater, Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqfa, Citadel of Qaitbay

After breakfast, you will be transferred by a private air-conditioned vehicle for nearly 2 and half hours drive to starting your day tour to Alexandria from Cairo, on the Mediterranean Sea which was founded by the Macedonian origin commander Alexander the Great during the Greco-Roman Era and used to be the most beautiful city in the whole world at that time. You will visit the Greco-Roman sites as follows:
The Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa: 
One of the most important Egyptian archaeological sites, which includes pieces and tombs that combine the Pharaonic and Roman eras together, the site was an ancient Egyptian burial site for the nobles then it has been Romanized, and later on, most of the high elites buried their family members there, a 3 floor below the ground, catacombs with highly skilled inscriptions and artwork.
Pompey's pillar:
It was held in memory of Emperor Diocletian in the 3rd century A.D, the last surviving monument from the Temple of the Serapeum built by Postumus. You will get to see some interesting statues and sphinxes in the ruined temple that once was the center of the cult in the old Alexandria.
The Citadel of Qaitbay: Sultan Qaitbay started building this castle in the year 882 AH, where the great lighthouse Pharos (one of the seven man-made wonders of the world) used to be standing. Lunch at a local restaurant 
Overnight in Alexandria, Sheraton Hotel. Meals: Breakfast

Day 11:  

ALEXANDRIA / CAIRO - The Bibliotheca of Alexandria:
The new Library of Alexandria is a revival of the old Library which was burned down in the early centuries after date, the largest library of its time in a huge project that Egypt undertook jointly with the United Nations. Overnight: La Passage Airport Hotel or similar. Included Meals: Breakfast 

Day 12:

CAIRO/ NEW YORK (USA)

Departure transfer to Cairo airport for your Egypt Air flight to New York (JFK). 

Welcome home with a lifetime of memories from Egypt!